The Illinois Ford County Historical Society

The Ford County Historical Society, Ford County, Illinois



About the Ford County Historical Society

In the spring of 1968 Dr. W. G. Raudabaugh of Piper City, a member of the Ford County Board, asked Dr. W. W. Sauer if he would attempt to form a county historical society. Each member of the county board agreed to invite 30 people to a public meeting which was held in the large court room of the County court house. About 150 people from all parts from the county attended and after an explanation of the aims of such a society, Judge Howard Benjamin made the motion which was passed unanimously to form The Ford County Historical Society.

Over the years bimonthly meetings have been held featuring programs dealing with many areas of local and area history. Each September a dinner meeting is held at which special program material is presented.

In addition to regular meetings the Society has honored county students who have taken part in special history projects. The Society has reprinted into one volume the Historical Atlas of 1884, 1904 and 1916 and reprinted The Prairie Farmers Directory of Ford County for 1917. Using money given by the children of Merna Vaught, the first secretary of the Society, a slide presentation dealing with Ford County history was produced and a copy given to each school in the county. Several oral history tapes have been made and many articles on local and county history have been published. An archival file has grown over the years and contains much material which has been given to the Society by the public.

About the Museum
In June the museum will return to summer hours of 2-4 p.m. every Sunday. As an experiment, the museum will also be open Saturdays in June from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The museum will be open July 4 from 1-3 p.m.

Museum tours available on request, contact 379-3723, 379-4111 or 379-3217

2012 Meeting Schedule
July 15, 2012, 2 p.m.
July regular membership meeting at the gazebo in Majestic Park on Paxton's Market Street, which fronts the museum. Come celebrate the museum's fifth birthday with an Ice Cream Social.

Location: Gazebo in Majestic Park, Market Street, Paxton
The meeting is free and the public is invited. For information call 217-379-4111.

When: Bi-monthly meetings are held by the society. They are held in March, May, July, September and November. The annual dinner meeting is held in September.

Where: General meeting at the American Legion Building, 763 E. Pells (Rt. 9 East), Paxton.

Who: The meetings are open to the public. Reservations are required for the dinner meetings for those who wish to dine.

What: In addition to the business of the society, speakers at the meetings present topics dealing with many areas of local and area history.

2011-2012 Officers
President: Judy Jepsen-Popel
Secretary: Carol Thilmony
Treasurer: Margaret Fiorillo





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Ford County

Thomas Ford
Governor of Illinois
1842 - 1846
Born 1800 in
Uniontown, Pennsylvania
Died Nov. 12, 1850 in
Peoria, Illinois